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RiverRock Puppies

AOE Select Excellent Ch Riverrock's Starlett O'Hara TC PT at 4 months

RiverRock 2017 Puppies (Aug-Dec)

If you are interested in acquiring a RiverRock puppy, please note that there is an application process.  You will find the application below.  Please do not call or email me prior to emailing your application.  I will only discuss puppies with pre-qualified buyers. You will be promptly notified by email as to the status of your application. If approved, you will be welcome to call and/or schedule a visit.  This will be the most efficient use of time for both of us.

I will make two breedings in August-September of 2017.  I am taking reservations for companion and show-potential puppies from these prospective litters now.  Puppies from both litters will be ready to home around Christmas.  All puppies will be reserved, with deposits, in advance.

RiverRock’s California Dreamin’ (Cassie) will be bred to Select Excellent Grand Champion Lindenhill’s Martello of Gracelyn TC (Marty).  Select Excellent Champion BISS Karizma’s Raven of RiverRock TC (Raven) will be bred to Select Excellent Grand Champion Bloomsberry’s Amadeus (Amos) in late August - early September.  You can see pictures and pedigrees below.

The AKC German Shepherd Breed Standard, along with my high standards regarding Soundness, Performance, Beauty, and Style, guide and determine my breeding decisions. I take both the screening of breeding stock and the selection of buyers equally seriously and do my best to match the right puppy with the right owner.  All sires and dams are of the highest quality, of sound temperament, and are pre-screened free of both hip and elbow dysplasia if older than two years (minimum age for screening).  Whether you are seeking a puppy for show or companionship, you can be assured that every effort has been made to provide you with a puppy that will fulfill your highest expectations.

Once you have placed a deposit on a puppy from a future litter, you will be added to the closed  RiverRock German Shepherds Facebook group.  Puppy buyers have enjoyed this opportunity to share photos of littermates as they grow and to interact with other owners of RiverRock puppies.  The page is updated daily, and educational files are added on a variety of topics of interest to the owners of both show and companion puppies.  It is also a great place to ask questions about topics related to health, nutrition, training, and other subjects of interest to all members.


Puppy Application and Placement Process
at RiverRock German Shepherds

Questions for Prospective Puppy Buyers (Application). Please copy and paste these questions into an email along with your responses.

  1. Why do you want a German Shepherd? Do you have a preference for a male or female? If so, why?
  2. Have you owned a German Shepherd previously? If so, where did you acquire your dog(s), and what was your experience with the dog(s)?
  3. Will you be willing to attend puppy socialization and/or obedience classes with your new puppy?
  4. How did you learn about my dogs?
  5. Do you have any interest in showing, breeding, or competing in performance events?
  6. Do you own your home?
  7. Do you have a fenced yard or kennel area? What type of fencing do you have or plan to construct? Do you own other dogs? If so, how many?
  8. Do you have children? If so, how old are they?
  9. What would a puppy’s typical day be like at your house?
  10. Where are you located (city, state)?
  11. Since I do not ship puppies, or sell to people I have not met face-to-face, will you be able to pick up your puppy in person at my kennel

Information About Future RiverRock Litters

Litter #1:  
Select Excellent Grand Champion Lindenhill’s Martello of Gracelyn TC (Marty)  x RiverRock's California Dreamin' (Cassie) OFA Hips and Elbows
(Marty X Cassie) 
Click here for pedigree
  RiverRock's California Dreamin'

Marty is an exciting young dog with an impressive show career.  He is an excellent example of the successful combination of some of the best American show lines.  With his first litters now in the show ring, it is evident that he both possesses and produces the qualities of his great ancestors.


Cassie personifies everything that RiverRock German Shepherds stands for:  Soundness, Performance, Beauty, and Style.  She is a daughter of our Foundation bitch, Grand Champion RiverRock’s Hotel California BN RN HSAs TC ROM (Callie), and carries the genes for Callie’s classic type, working versatility, and protective instinct.

LITTER #2:  
Select Excellent Grand Champion Bloomsberry’s Amadeus X Select Excellent Champion Karizma's Raven of RiverRock TC OFA Hips and Elbows
(Amos X Raven) 
Click here for litter pedigree
VA2 US Mailo vom Kuckucksland SchH2, IPO 3 Kkl1 OFA Hips and Elbows   Select Excellent Champion Karizma's Raven of RiverRock OFA Hips and Elbows

When I witnessed Amos make his debut in the show ring at 6 months of age, I knew I wanted to use him in my breeding program.  Seeing him go Select Excellent at the GSDCA National last year confirmed my earlier assessment.  It is difficult to find a male that compliments Raven in quality.  I believe Amos is one of the few dogs in the country who can be a worthy match.


Raven possesses unsurpassed beauty with temperament and working ability to match.  She is breathtaking in the show ring, indispensable on the farm, and loved by all who meet her.  Owners of both show and companion puppies from her first litter describe them as exceptionally calm, intelligent, and biddable.

German Shepherd Puppies

River & Honah with Tucker X Karla Puppies

Puppy Prices and Deposits.  Only dogs of top show quality, with sound temperaments and OFA certified hips and elbows, are bred at RiverRock.  Companion puppies are priced at $3500.00 and show-quality puppies at $5000.00.  A $1,000.00 deposit is required to reserve a puppy.  Personal checks are accepted for the deposit.  If your application has been approved, you may choose to mail your deposit right away in order to secure a place on the reservation list.  You will receive a receipt by email. This receipt guarantees you a full refund if either you change your mind for any reason prior to the whelping date or if, following the puppy evaluation, we do not have a puppy that is a good match for you. If this is the case, I will be happy to refer you to other reputable breeders of quality dogs in the area. The balance of the purchase price will be due in cash when the puppy is picked up between 8-10 weeks of age.

Show-quality puppies are reserved for those who commit to working with an approved professional handler and showing the dog to its championship. I am happy to mentor beginners.

Companion puppies are strictly placed as pets and not as show or breeding stock. Therefore, they are sold on a limited registration. This means that, while your dog will be fully AKC registered, have an AKC number, and be allowed to participate in AKC performance events like obedience, rally, herding, and agility, no progeny of your dog can be registered with the AKC. This is done to discourage indiscriminate breeding. Limited registration also restricts the dog from being shown in conformation.

You will be given a range of dates to pick up your puppy. Puppies must be picked up during this time period. I do not board puppies for vacations, family events, etc.

I do not keep males here and do not offer stud services

Aunt Sunny with the Star Litter


Visiting RiverRock German Shepherds.  If your application is approved, and you are ready to place a deposit on a puppy, you are welcome to visit our kennel and spend time with the RiverRock dogs. Interacting with the dogs will give you an opportunity to experience the type of temperament and personality our dogs have.

We will discuss any additional questions or issues you would like to address. I will show you pictures of the sire and of dogs in the litter pedigree. I will go over my breeding program and my pedigree analysis process. We will discuss the puppy evaluation process and anticipated placement dates. These meetings normally run about 90 minutes. You are welcome and encouraged to bring your family. Children will be required to be quiet, calm, and well behaved around the puppies and to stay seated when interacting with the adult dogs.

Please keep in mind that it takes me several hours to plan for your kennel visit.  While you are not required to place a deposit on a puppy during, or before, your visit, I do ask that you be considerate of my time.  I would prefer not to schedule a visit at the beginning of your search.  These meetings are not intended for curiosity seekers.

If you live out of state, and a preliminary meeting is not possible, you can mail your deposit and we can conference by phone. However, I do not ship puppies, or sell puppies to people I have not met, so you must make arrangements to pick your puppy up at the kennel on the arranged date. Once your application has been approved, you can mail a deposit at any time.  Sometimes it takes a while to schedule a visit if you have a busy schedule.  Litters are reserved very quickly!

Successful Placement of a German Shepherd Puppy
The successful placement of companion puppies in appropriate situations, where they will be loved as family members, taken to a puppy socialization class, obedience trained, and well cared for throughout their lifetimes, is every bit as important to me as finding and placing the next champion. I will be in contact with you periodically and will be available to answer questions and make suggestions throughout the lifetime of your dog. You will receive periodic newsletters and at important developmental milestones.

I will expect you to provide the best possible home for your puppy. You can expect me to provide ongoing breeder support and excellent customer service. I look forward to receiving your application!

Dr. Zoa Rockenstein - zrockenstein@yahoo.com - 320-492-4158 (CST) - Remember to submit a puppy application by email before contacting me about puppy availability.

A portion of every puppy sale goes to support German Shepherd health research conducted by the AKC, German Shepherd Dog Club of America, or specific university veterinary schools.